Adar Press

The Iraqi Joint Operations Command announced today, Sunday, the launching of a military operation in Diyala governorate, east of Baghdad, aimed at chasing the cells of the "ISIS" terrorist organization.

 The process was launched in 3 axes, and it is a continuation of previous similar operations "aiming to create a safe environment for the return of the displaced to 6 areas of Diyala province."

Forces of the Iraqi army and federal police, as well as the PMF factions, are participating in the operation.

This development comes a day after the PMF factions announced their response to a violent attack by “ISIS” militants in the Al-Azim sector northwest of Diyala, according to the Iraqi News Agency, Saturday.

A statement of the crowd received by the agency stated that "the brigade 23 of the Popular Mobilization Forces responded to a violent attack by the remnants of the ISIS terrorist gangs in al-Azim Sector, northwest of Diyala."

He added, "The Brigade 23 forces with the Popular Mobilization responded to the attack on more than one axis," noting that "the exposure is still continuing."

On July 11, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi pledged to continue military operations in order to pursue any threat to terrorist gangs, during his visit to Diyala Governorate.

During his visit to the governor in order to oversee the operations of the "Iraq Heroes", Al-Kazimi called on the army and police to protect the citizens and preserve their lives.

Al-Kazemi's pledge comes after the Joint Operations Command in Iraq announced the deployment of special forces in the Mandali and Munthiriya border crossings with Iran.

Translation: Adar Press.